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Alcohol Awareness Month 2017

Source:  https://www.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

Each April, NCADD’s National Network of Affiliates and other supporting organizations across the country will use this opportunity to address the Nation’s #1 public health problem through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in their local communities.

Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous–both to themselves and to society–and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.

Alcohol-Free Weekend

An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.

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Yes, You can be Arrested for DUI if the Other Motorist Caused the Accident

“Under Florida law, it is not necessary that the prosecutor present any evidence of bad driving in order to to seek a conviction for drunk driving.”

Even if you are exercising extreme caution without infractions, it is still illegal to get behind the wheel. If you are involved in an automobile accident, even if you are not at fault you could be subject to field sobriety testing and arrested.  It is not uncommon for both motorists involved in an auto accident to be arrested for DUI.  There are many factors that can reduce your risk for an inadvertent DUI arrest:

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Free Legal Assistance for Vets

Thanks to a new partnership between Stetson Law and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare system, free civil legal assistance is now available to qualifying low-income veterans.   Alumnae Cherilyn Hansen of Gulfcoast Legal Services and Julie Ann Embler of Bay Area Legal Services will work with VA social workers to help veterans. This includes help with non-criminal offenses, as well as assistance in veterans benefits, guardianship, disability benefits, and more.  Veterans must be enrolled for care at the Bay Pines VA to qualify.

Service is available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on tuesdays and wednesdays in the main building of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, room 1E-241. For information, call (727) 398-9592.

Source:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/college/pinellas-college-notebook-forums-tackle-water-issues-judicial-bias-climate/2314687